Be cautious of the scholars of evil, just as you are cautious of Iblees.
I often sit in the company of other women, and often is the case that there is backbiting in these gatherings. And I feel very agitated by this, and dislike it, however, I am unable to actually do anything about it; I can’t even leave the gathering.
If Allaah intends evil for the people [due to their wicked character], He opens for them [the door to] argumentation and denies them [righteous] action[s].
What is the ruling if you say to a man or a woman that, “What you are doing is haraam”, such as telling a woman not to wear short clothes, or telling a man not to smoke cigarette?